About Us

Since its founding in 2009, H/L Ventures has forged a new way to build companies. H/L Ventures’ unique approach combines Daily Active Engagement with every portfolio company and a focus on investing in growth, impact, and diversity. Today, H/L Ventures manages a family of companies and funds that together comprise a holistic company-building ecosystem. At the heart of this system is H/L Studio, which was among the first venture studios to include social impact in its investment thesis. That venture studio is now supported by our opportunity fund, CityRock Ventures, and our managed services group, H/L Strategies, among other entities. Our team has pioneered an innovative, effective model that aligns the interests of entrepreneurs, investors, other stakeholders, and society to succeed together. At H/L Ventures, we apply these three key elements across our studios and funds:

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All references throughout this site to “H/L Ventures”, “H/L” or “the Firm” refer to Hatzimemos / Libby Holdings LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates, including 903 Partners LLC d/b/a CityRock Venture Partners, an exempt reporting advisor regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

How Our Model Works

  • Daily Active Engagement

    Daily Active Engagement

  • A Powerful Ecosystem

    A Powerful Ecosystem

  • Access to Capital

    Access to Capital

Daily Active Engagement with Founders

Daily Active Engagement with Founders
Daily Active Engagement with Founders

Daily Active Engagement with Founders

H/L Ventures’ involvement with our portfolio companies is as hands-on and supportive as possible throughout the entrepreneurship journey. This is the hallmark of H/L’s approach: we hold ourselves to a standard of virtually daily contact with every company in our portfolio, on an open-ended basis. This is not the empty promise of a website value-added page, but the core of our investment thesis. We host weekly calls with our senior portfolio team and each team of founders, which leads to daily activities involving our staff, Venture Partners, EPIRs, advisors, and network of service providers. All of this is in a supportive mode, meant to ensure that whatever needs our portfolio companies have, we remain actively relevant and helpful, every day. This care is given to all portfolio companies, regardless of which H/L Ventures vehicle is engaged.

A powerful ecosystem

A powerful ecosystem

We respond effectively and proactively to our portfolio companies via a powerful team and community. Organized in a hub-and-spoke model around our core portfolio staff, four key communities help us co-build companies: Venture Partners & EPIRs, Advisors, Member Partners, and our affiliated Trusted Partner Network. Our team is shared across all our family of studios and funds.

Our Organization
Access to capital

CityRock Ventures may invest in (or co-lead) Series A or later

H/L Studio may invest up to Series A

Co-investment from H/L Network

Partnership for Equity

Access to capital

Access to capital

From inception to exit, we provide many different forms of capital. Pre-Series A start-ups benefit from the H/L Studio model, where they enjoy access to virtually every form of capital, including human capital, social capital, networks, experience, and time, as well as an opportunity to leverage our extensive networks of co-investors to benefit the team’s fundraising efforts. H/L Studio does not invest cash up front, focusing on our broad range of value-add services, but has historically invested in pre-series A rounds for our studio companies as we build a deeper relationship together. Meanwhile, our opportunity fund, CityRock Ventures, does invest at Series A and Series B. CityRock funds both qualifying studio portfolio startups and companies that come to us from outside of the studio pipeline, provided they fit our thesis and pass our standard due diligence process. Regardless of placement in the H/L Ventures ecosystem, all of our portfolio companies enjoy full access to our venture studio resources.

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Access to Capital is a general description of the capital services provided by H/L Ventures to its portfolio companies. These services may vary depending upon the specific portfolio company.

High Impact / High Returns

We strongly believe that impact makes good business. We believe both sustainable businesses and diverse founding teams do better — in protecting and promoting people and the planet, as well as in making money. We reject the notion that investing in companies that have a positive impact is concessionary; rather, we believe that these lenses can enhance returns.

High Impact / High Returns
Protecting Promoting
People
  • Cybersecurity / PII Privacy
  • Safety & Security
  • Products for the Disabled
  • Resilient Communities
  • Access to Clean Water
  • Health & Wellness
  • Safe Medication
  • Diverse / Female Founder
  • Job Creation
  • Small Business Entrepreneurship
  • Equality and Inclusion Businesses
  • Financial Inclusion
Planet
  • Sustainable Products
  • Sustainable Technologies
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Responsible Fashion
  • Renewable / Clean Energy
  • Resource Conservation
  • Reducing Ocean Waste
  • Reducing GHG Emissions
  • Food & Agriculture of the Future
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Responsible Consumption
  • Animal Free Products

Learn About Our Funds

  • Working on an early stage venture? H/L Studio partners with early stage startups up to pre-Series A, becoming an extension of your team. Learn about how our commitment of time, network, resources, and capital makes us a perfect partner for your entire entrepreneurial journey.

    Learn about H/L Studio
  • Are you raising your Series A or B round? Learn about CityRock Ventures, our investment thesis, diligence process and our unique model of funding and supporting entrepreneurs at the nexus of growth potential, financial returns, positive impact, and diverse founding teams.

    Learn about CityRock Ventures

FAQ

  • What is H/L Ventures?

    H/L Ventures manages a family of companies and funds that together comprise a holistic company-building ecosystem. At the heart of this system is H/L Studio, which was among the first venture studios to include social impact in its investment thesis. That venture studio is now supported by our opportunity fund, CityRock Ventures, and our managed services group, H/L Strategies, among other entities.

  • How much investment do you provide?

    H/L Studio does not provide cash investment up-front, rather we take equity in exchange for partnership: we build first and view our commitment of time, expertise, team, network, and experience as an investment in non-financial capital. CityRock Ventures invests capital at Series A (and occasionally Series B) in both H/L Studio companies and companies coming to us from outside of the studio pipeline. In the case of CityRock investing in a Series A or later round which is not from our studio, CityRock Ventures will also require options/warrants in consideration of the full support of our team for every CityRock portfolio company, regardless of origin.

  • If I’m fundraising now, should I still talk to you or should I wait?

    That is completely up to you. Our process does not depend on the timing of your fundraise (in fact, we often prefer to start with companies that are not in an active raise). However, if we are able to form an equity partnership before your round closes, we are able to help fundraise and potentially invest. It is important to note that we are neither professional fundraisers, nor a broker/dealer. When we work alongside our portfolio companies to raise money, it is as owners in those companies and working with, not for, the leadership team. This is a crucial distinction and one we take very seriously.

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